Transition back to workplaces
CPSU representatives are working with employers to make sure that the process of transitioning workers who have been working remotely transition back to workplaces is done safely and sensibly.
We are making sure this process is undertaken safely to ensure that Australia avoids a dangerous second-wave of infections. Physical distancing requirements will still apply, and it is likely that there will be many employees who will need to continue to work from home.
The APSC has released its advice which states that “Agency heads should develop and start to implement a transition plan” for employees to return to workplaces.
The CPSU has written to employers to ensure that there is full consultation with the union and health and safety representatives as employees return to the workplace:
- As an employer, the Commonwealth sets an example for all employers about how to re-open workplaces safely, and avoid a second-wave of infections.
- Agencies put employees’ health and safety first, taking all reasonable steps to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Individual employees’ circumstances are considered as workplaces re-open.
Return to work checklists
CPSU delegates and health and safety representatives (HSRs) are completing our comprehensive return to work checklist to assess the safety of members in their workplaces and raise and resolve issues.
In addition to ongoing discussions at the agency-level, delegates and HSRs play a critical role protecting the welfare of members in each workplace.